This is a rare piece and a beautiful example of Mexican / Spanish colonial folk art. It is a hand-made, and hand-painted, barrel top chest (baul) from the state of Guerrero. The chest is intricately painted on all sides with stylized deer and birds and f. Bold colors and a rich waxed finish. There are no hinges. The arched top just sits on the base, but you can easily add a hinge if you want one. Overall the piece measures 13″ tall by 17″ wide and 12 deep. Olinala is famous for its production of fine chests (bauls), gourds and furniture, which are intricately painted. This piece too is from the Rio Balsas river region in Southern Guerrero, home to the Nahua Indians that paint these pieces in the same style as the amate bark paintings. Coffers and chests (bauls) were often intended as dowry chests used to store valuables. A fabulous capsule of colonial culture and indigenous folk art. The item “Mexican Folk Art 17 Wood Dowry Chest Baul Box Colonial Furniture Painted Birds” is in sale since Wednesday, March 20, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Latin American\Mexico\Boxes”. The seller is “tradewindsfolkart” and is located in Port Isabel, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Handmade: Yes
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Mexico